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Movie about Bells set to be made

The compelling and tragic story of Jadin Bell and his father Joe Bell is set to become a film.

New officer won't solve everything

La Grande Police Department Sergeant Gary Bell pulls over a car in a La Grande neighborhood for driving with studded tires on Friday afternoon. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
At the La Grande Police Department, there was one more sworn officer than today — officers responded to fewer calls than they do today.

Lowe leaves big shoes to fill for his successor

Lee Lowe poses with the state championship trophies won by the Imbler football program during his time as head coach. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
Thirteen playoff appearances. Five trips to the state semifinals. Four to the championship game. Two state titles. One head coach.

EOU finalist pulls out of consideration

Eastern Oregon University’s field of presidential finalists is now down to three.

BRIEFLY: Cattlemen tour custom meat shop tonight

ELGIN — The Union County Cattlemen will meet at 6 p.m. today for a tour of Stafford’s Custom Meats in Elgin, 70761 Highway 82. For more information, call Bill White at 541-963-7920 or Pat Larson at 541-963-9387.

Family research center hosting discovery day

Terry and Kathy Thimmes examine a document at the La Grande Family History Center. Terry is the centerís volunteer director, and Kathy serves as a volunteer. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Anyone doing local genealogical research could probably list up to 50 reasons why the La Grande Family History Center is a valuable resource.

Leadership class beautifies Elgin park

The Ford Family Foundation leadership class gathered Saturday at the park they recently renovated to celebrate the completion of the 18-month project, as well as graduating from the class. (Cherise Kaechele, The Observer)
A small group of Elgin residents chose to beautify a forgotten downtown park and had to go through some intense classes to get funding for it.

Town hall tackles curbing underage drinking in county

Parents need to be involved in their children’s lives. That was the overall message of Thursday’s town hall meeting regarding underage drinking in Union County.

BRIEFLY: Autism Society offers free workshop

The Autism Society of Oregon is hosting “Understanding and Responding to Your Child’s Unsafe Behaviors” May 16 at Southside of Heaven, 211 Fir St., La Grande.

The free workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Free child care will be available. To register for the workshop, go to www.eventbrite.com (click on “Discover events”) 
or call JulieKay Dudley at 541-562-6137. To register your child(ren) for care during the workshop, call Dudley at the above number.

Court strikes down big chunk of public-employee pension cuts

SALEM — The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that some of the 2013 cuts to public-employee retirement benefits are unconstitutional, wiping out much of the savings lawmakers were aiming for and likely raising pension costs for state and local governments.

VIDEO: Andrew Crollard and the Nepal earthquake

Earthquake punctuates nepal adventure

The Nepal earthquake caused a six-story hotel to collapse into a pit where locals did laundry. The report Andrew Crollard found said about 50 people died at this site, which was less than 100 feet from his location. (Andrew Crollard photo)
Andrew Crollard of La Grande was just completing a three-week trek in Nepal Saturday when an earthquake turned his world upside down.

EOU finalist would like to stay for 10 years

Eastern Oregon University presidential finalist Martin Tadlock, center, speaks with Terry Edvalson, right who works with EOUís center for rural studies, and Scott McConnell, an economics professor. (Cherise Kaechele/ The Observer)
Martin Tadlock, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, knows what it is like to take the reins of a university.

City set to add police officer

Under tight funding, the La Grande Budget Committee on Tuesday opted to fund a new police officer position and vowed to work with the public as it moves forward to maintain funding for the position.

BRIEFLY: Blue Mountain Montessori party set

A party marking the upcoming change in ownership of Blue Mountain Montessori School will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday. The party will be at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave., La Grande.

Cheryl and Hank Hudson, who have operated and owned the school for 33 years, are retiring. Melissa Jackson is purchasing the school and will become its new owner in July.

Former students and their families are encouraged to come to the party. Former students are also asked to email photos of themselves and information on where they live and what they are doing to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Non-sugary snacks are welcome. Call 541-786-2830, 541-910-8270 or 541-786-4960 for more information.

Committee OK's 2015-16 UR budget

The La Grande Budget Committee approved the proposed 2015-16 Urban Renewal District budget Monday night.

Presidential finalist knows Eastern well

Tom Insko, one of Eastern Oregon University's presidential finalists, wants the world to know what he knows first hand — attending EOU can transform your life.

Cove man killed in crash

The Oregon State Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred early Sunday morning.

Well worth the wait

Wilma Campbell, 85, and Forrest Gordon Martin, 86, were married last month in a ceremony that was 75 years in the making. Forrest and Wilma first met in the early 1940s when they were at a church service in La Grande. Forrest, at age 11, was quickly taken by Wilma, 10, and gave her an inexpensive plastic ring that day. Forrest told Wilma then that he would marry her some day. (Dick Mason/The Observer)
Forrest, 86, and Wilma, 85, were married last month in a ceremony that was 75 years in the making.

Summit examines growing problem

Samantha Kaan, one of many speakers on Friday, specifically focused on youth and their misconceptions that prescription drugs cannot hurt them. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
A summit was held at Eastern Oregon University concerning the growing problem of drugs in Oregon. It wasn’t about street drugs, but instead about the drugs found in a medicine cabinet.

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